Cricketer-turned-commentator Michael Slater has left the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 bio-bubble to the Maldives as Australian flights have been canceled since May 15 due to rising Covid-19 cases in India. The Australian Government has made it clear that Slater has moved to the Maldives, with Australian players and others participating in the IPL having to return home.
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Before coming to the Maldives, Slater took to Twitter to criticize Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison for not allowing his countrymen to return home from India. “If our government is concerned about the safety of Australian citizens, it will allow us to return home,” Slater tweeted. This is outrageous. You are responsible for any unpleasant incident, PM. How do you treat us? How do you solve separation? The government gave me permission to work in the IPL and now the government is ignoring it.
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Morrison called Slater’s comments nonsense. He said, ‘It’s completely absurd. This has been done to ensure the safe return of more and more people and to protect Australia from the third wave. ‘Morrison said,’ Every system has to have some complications and I’m not going to break this system. What I am going to do is take appropriate action to protect this system so that I can bring more Australians home safely and keep the Australian public safe for a longer time. ‘
Australia has banned commercial flights from India due to the Kovid-19 outbreak in India, which has raised the issue of all players, support staff and commentators participating in the IPL. The Australian government has imposed a temporary ban on the arrival of its citizens from India. If they are in India within the next 14 days, the government has warned them of five years imprisonment or a heavy fine.